Janis “Mom/ Gammy” Prater passed away August 27, 2012 at the age of 64. She fought a hell of a battle with cancer. She was born August 8, 1948 to J.O. and Delores Biggers in Little Rock, Ark. She moved to Portland, Oregon when she was young and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1966. Jan later spent 18 years in Carson City, Nev. On November 26, 1994, Jan married Phil A. Prater in Gold Hill, Nev. at Cabin in the Sky. Jan spent most of her working time as a cocktail waitress and manufacturing Oakley Sunglasses. Outside of work, she enjoyed gardening and being a grandmother. Jan was blessed with three children; a stepson; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She had been married to the love of her life, Phil Prater for 18 years. Jan had a full life and she touched the lives of many others. Jan’s home was full of love, laughter, family & friends and everyone felt welcome and comfortable there. She loved spending her sunny afternoons with lots of people around her. Everyone Jan came in contact with could feel her unconditional love that she gave to them. A Wake and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1pm at the Prater family home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Feral Cat Society. Jan leaves behind her husband, Phil; her children, Lori Connelly (spouse, Paul Connelly), Scott Arnold, Derek Collis and Neal Bartels; grandchildren, Whitney, Brandon, Austin, Mackenzie, Shelby, Danielle, Elijah, Allie, Jason, Trevor and Gage; and 3 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center, Tualatin, Oregon.
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